25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Cake Batter Cookies

cake batter cookies

If you have little ones that like to assist you in the kitchen, these cookies are both easy and colorful to make. Capturing the sweet flavor of a birthday cake, these are a great idea to package and gift for children. Or adults—there’s no judgment given to those of us who are children trapped in an adult’s body. Appease your inner-child this season!

Happy Holidays!

Melissa L. Brinley, Test Kitchen Professional

Cake Batter Cookies
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
10 min
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 2 cups sugar, divided
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 1 teaspoon almond extract
  6. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  9. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  12. 1 cup assorted sprinkles
  13. Garnish: assorted sprinkles
  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and 1 1/3 cups sugar with a mixer at medium-high speed until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and almond extract, beating to combine.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and next 4 ingredients. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating to combine. Add cream, beating to combine. Beat in sprinkles. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Using a 1-inch spring-loaded scoop, scoop dough, and roll into balls. Roll in remaining 2/3 cup sugar. Place at least 2 inches apart on prepared pans. Garnish cookies with additional sprinkles, if desired.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks. Store, covered, at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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